Irish Question, No. 21.]
THE COST OF HOME KULE
IRELAND & BRITAIN.
"With the right to protect home industries by means of a protective
tariff, supplemented by an abundant supply of paper money, there is no
reason why Ireland should not be able in a few years to be a prosperous
country ."—Irish World, May 8, 1886.
The present leaders of the Irish National League want to
protect Irish manufactures by levying taxes on British goods.
Ireland is not big enough to thrive within a Chinese customs
wall. A few manufactures might flourish with protection, but
the whole Irish community would grow poorer, and her people
would come here in greater numbers and flood the labour market,
causing increased depression and distress. Animosity thus
excited against Irishmen would embitter the relations between
the Irish and English democracy, causing costly precautions to
be taken to keep peace and order.
It is essential for Ireland to have credit, so that capital may
flow to her. Enmity between the countries would cause British
capital to be withdrawn, and American capital has never entered
Ireland except to foment dissension. British capital has been
invested in Ireland under the security of a common Parliament.
With separation and the withdrawal of the Irish Members, con-
fidence would cease, capital would vanish, and labour would
suffer. Thus Ireland would become poorer, and with increasing
poverty there would be increasing discontent.
Independence may sound fine, but independence cannot live
on an empty stomach.
By keeping the supremacy of the Imperial Parliament, labour
would not suffer, because confidence for the investment of
capital and the employment of labour would remain.
The mere rumour of separation caused Irish funds to fall to a
A separate Parliament for Ireland means double
poverty there and increased taxation and labour
Published by the Liberal Committee for the Maintenance of the
Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland,
35, Spring Gardens, S.W.